Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church

Front Cover
Liquori/Triumph, 2001 - Religion - 477 pages
14 Reviews
A work of major importance, written for an ecumenical audience, "Doors to the Sacred" is a sweeping and detailed account of the historical and cultural evolution of sacramental rituals and practices.
Since its initial publication, the book has garnered widespread critical acclaim and has become a mainstay not only for students but for all thinking Christians who want to understand the past fully while making their present participation in the sacraments more genuine and intelligent. Martos has greatly expanded all of the bibliographic material and has incorporated the latest developments in theological study and inquiry. His focus is on the seven ecclesial sacraments of the Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing, Marriage, and Orders.
Though based on thorough research and impressive scholarship, "Doors to the Sacred" is written in a lively style that will be welcomed by a general audience.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Book is easy to read and deep in history & background. But, unfortunately and cleverly, leaves out certain key pieces to drive modernist catholic agenda. If you want to develop the integrity of true Catholic grounding, this is not the book. The author touts expertise in contemporary and traditional theology in his bio. This is your biggest clue that sets the tone. It is disturbing that many diocese use this book as part of their permanent deaconate, continuing education and catechetical training programs. 

Review: Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church

User Review  - John - Goodreads

A very thorough study of the sacraments in historical context. There is a wealth of information that helps one under many aspects of the sacraments in general and the seven sacraments in detail. The author also opens up the understanding of sacraments to the significance of sacramentality. Read full review


Sacraments in All Religions
The Beginnings of the Christian Sacraments
The Development of the Catholic Sacraments

8 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Joseph Martos is a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and director of the Russell Institute of Religion and Ministry at Spalding University.

Bibliographic information